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USCIS Proposes to Increas…

USCIS Proposes to Increase Fees

USCIS announced on November 8, 2019 that DHS will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking to adjust the USCIS Immigration Examinations Fee Account (IEFA) fee schedule. The proposal would increase fees by an average of 21 percent. USCIS last updated i… Read More
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USCIS Implements $10 Fee…

USCIS Implements $10 Fee for H-1B Registration

On January 31, 2019, USCIS issued a final rule which made substantial changes to the H-1B visa lottery process. The rule added an electronic registration component for petitioners submitting H-1B cap-subject petitions. It also changed the order in wh… Read More
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Categories: H-1B
H-1B Registration Updates

H-1B Registration Updates

On January 31, 2019, USCIS issued a final rule which made substantial changes to the H-1B visa lottery process. The rule added an electronic registration component for petitioners submitting H-1B cap-subject petitions. It also changed the order in wh… Read More
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USCIS Increases Premium P…

USCIS Increases Premium Processing Fee

USCIS announced that beginning on November 29, 2019 the premium processing fee for Form I-129 and Form I-140 will increase from $1,410 to $1,440. Premium processing is an optional service that allows petitioners to request 15-day processing on certai… Read More
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When to File AOS Applicat…

When to File AOS Applications November 2019

How to Adjust Your Status If you want to adjust your status to become a U.S. permanent resident under a family-sponsored or employment-based visa, you must first have a relative or employer file an immigrant visa petition on your behalf. Then, USCIS… Read More
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Injunction Issued Restrai…

Injunction Issued Restraining DHS

On October 11, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a national injunction, which restrained DHS and USCIS from implementing the DHS Public Charge Final Rule. The Court also prevented the government from implement… Read More
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New Registration Fee for…

New Registration Fee for H-1B Petitioners

On January 31, 2019, DHS published a rule which requires petitioners to electronically register with USCIS prior to filing H-1B cap-subject petitions. Yesterday, September 3, 2019, DHS announced a proposal to impose a $10 fee for each electronic regi… Read More
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Categories: H-1B
USCIS Stopped Accepting D…

USCIS Stopped Accepting Deferred Action Applicants for Non-Military Applicants

AILA issued a practice alert on Friday, August 23, 2019 to inform members that USCIS stopped accepting and adjudicating applications for deferred action for non-military applicants. AILA members have been receiving and reporting denial notices from U… Read More
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When to File AOS Applicat…

When to File AOS Applications in September 2019

How to Adjust Your Status If you want to adjust your status to become a U.S. permanent resident under a family-sponsored or employment-based visa, you must first have a relative or employer file an immigrant visa petition on your behalf. Then, USCIS… Read More
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USCIS Plans to Revise Nat…

USCIS Plans to Revise Naturalization Test

USCIS recently announced a plan to revise the current naturalization test. In late 2018, USCIS formed a naturalization test revision working group who has since been reviewing and updating the naturalization test questions. This working group will al… Read More
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